Pep Guardiola likely to face 3 match ban for telling referee shut your mouth’ and communicating with his bench from the stands in Liverpool defeat.
UEFA have charged the Manchester City manager with two breaches of their disciplinary regulations after he was sent off during Tuesday’s controversial Champions League defeat by Liverpool.
Guardiola is accused of verbally abusing referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz and then, after his dismissal, communicating with his backroom staff during the second half.
The former Barcelona boss entered the field at half-time to bemoan Mateu Lahoz’s incorrect call to disallow a Leroy Sane goal, which would have put City 2-0 in front on the night, before Liverpool stormed back in the second half.
Lip-readers working for broadcasters in Spain were analysing Guardiola’s rant towards the referee, claiming he had told Mateu Lahoz to ‘shut your mouth’.
UEFA’s control, ethics and disciplinary body will hear Guardiola’s case on May 31 and any suspensions will be carried over into next season’s competition, in which City have already guaranteed a place.
Guardiola denies he insulted Mateu Lahoz. ‘I said it was a goal when the ball was passed to Leroy Sane,’ he said. ‘That’s why he sent me off.’
City were also frustrated that Raheem Sterling was denied a penalty when brought down by Andy Robertson.
‘I said he (the referee) was wrong,’ Guardiola added. ‘I didn’t insult him. I just said it was a penalty and it was a goal.
Liverpool also face two UEFA charges, with the semi-finalists’ fans accused of setting off fireworks and the throwing of objects for the second time in a week.
The Anfield club faced further charges of acts of damage and crowd disturbances before the first leg. Their case will also be held on May 31.
He is also likely to receive a fine for communicating with the bench, with images from Tuesday night showing Guardiola turning around from his seat in the directors’ box to speak with club video analyst Carles Planchart.
Sergio Aguero was brought on as a substitute shortly after the pair were seen speaking in the 65th minute of City’s 3-0 defeat.